Vancouver, British Columbia, January 7, 2021 — Castle Quay Books (Nov. 2020) is pleased to announce the release of a timely book by author David C. Bentall, Dear Younger Me: Wisdom for Family Enterprise Successors.

In Dear Younger Me, David explores nine key character traits that he found were critical for all family enterprise successors. Generously sharing from his personal journey, he offers insights for all developing leaders, providing a roadmap for cultivating emotional intelligence and for improving family relationships. 

This handbook artfully balances academic research with practical insights from many well-known family enterprise leaders. Be inspired as you explore the role of selected virtues in the lives of such iconic leaders as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Kim Phuc, Walt Disney, John Wooden and Helen Keller.

Discover how to transform your own leadership journey through humility, curiosity, listening, empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, critical thinking, patience and contentment.

David believes “developing these traits has the potential to fuel growth and transformation for current and future family business leaders.” Yet this is a guide that any business leader will benefit from.

About the Author:

David C. Bentall is a third-generation successor, who worked for 20 years in the family business, including 7 years as president and CEO of Dominion Construction. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, and the Harvard Business School, he serves as an adjunct professor at the Sauder School of Business. As the founding principal of Next Step Advisors, he is a sought-after consultant, workshop leader and mentor, and he is dedicated to helping families learn and grow together.

His bestselling book, The Company You Keep (2004), was awarded “book of the year,” and his subsequent book, Leaving a Legacy (2013), has become a highly acclaimed resource for business families. 

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Dear Younger Me: Wisdom for Family Enterprise Successors

Publisher: Castle Quay Books

ISBN: 978-1-988928-12-8 soft cover

E-book ISBN: 978-1-988928-14-2

Available from and most local bookstores

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